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Travel guide – Rome
In Italy’s bustling capital, Rome, you’ll find it hard not to be blown away by the beautiful buildings and the history that the city breathes. It’s one of those places you can visit again and again, with historic scenery and stunning architecture to explore around every corner. Rome was built on seven hills in the 8th century BC, and the city continues to enchant visitors to this day with its beauty, culture and romance. Modern day Rome is home to over two million people, and you’ll also find the Vatican, the centre of the Roman Catholic Church and home of the Pope. Explore the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel; this truly is the city that has it all!
Colosseum – one of Rome’s and the world’s most famous monuments. This ancient amphitheatre dates back to 70–80 AD with a history of gladiator battles and theatrical dramas.
Pantheon – used to be a temple but now serves as a church. The Pantheon is one of Rome’s most visited buildings, magnificently constructed and breathtakingly beautiful from the inside.
Visiting the Vatican is one of the things you simply must do while in Rome.
The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica and Square are recommended attractions if you want to experience art, culture and history during your visit.
You can see a lot just by walking around and taking in the city’s unique atmosphere. Take a walk to the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) – a monumental stairway built in the 1700s with around 135 steps decorated with flowers; a place that is alive throughout the day and into the evening. Besides the large number of museums and churches in Rome, there are also plenty of cosy parks ideal for a picnic, including Villa Borghese. You could also stop by the Trevi Fountain to throw in some coins.
Bracciano – with a short train trip north you’ll find yourself in this beautiful city by Lago di Bracciano, a lake with beautiful surroundings and clean water. The city is also known for the fortress Castello Odescalchi.
Lido di Ostia – about 30 minutes from Rome by train or subway is Lido di Ostia, a lovely beach for sunbathing and swimming.
Castel Gandolfo – about 24 kilometres from Rome, and one of Italy’s most picturesque cities.
Wine tours – Rome has plenty of opportunities to explore and taste different kinds of wine. There’s a large selection of companies and guides offering wine tours throughout the city.
Complete your visit to Rome with a few days of shopping. With a mix of designer shops, street vendors and markets, you’ll find a shopping experience to suit you, whether you want to shop exclusive or more affordable. Leather products, Italian shoes and wine are some of the things visitors typically buy in Rome.
Vie dei Condotti – this is the street where you can find clothes from designers like Armani, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Gucci. There are also plenty of designer clothes alongside less exclusive brands on Via del Corso and Via Nazionale.
If you’re looking for discount shopping, check out the outlet stores on the outskirts of the city, for example Castel Romano Outlet.
Porta Portese – a street market stretching over two kilometres where you can find almost anything.
Many people instantly think of pizza and pasta when it comes to Italian food, but Rome has so much more to offer than these well-known dishes. Italians usually choose from a menu with a primo (starter), secondi (main course) and dolce (dessert). Traditionally there used to be a pasta dish in between the starter and the main course, but these days people tend to eat just a regular main course.
Spaghetti alla carbonara – spaghetti, pork, cheese and egg
Abbacchio – a lamb dish, can be grilled, baked or stewed
Pecorino romano – a salty Italian cheese made from sheep’s milk
Bucatini all’amatriciana – a traditional Italian pasta sauce including pecorino cheese, tomato and pork cheek
Carciofi alla romana – fried artichokes
Coda alla vaccinara – oxtail soup, usually made of veal and vegetables
Saltimbocca – veal meat with a prosciutto and sage topping
Suppli – snack balls rolled in egg and breadcrumbs and then deep-fried. Often filled with chicken, mozzarella or ham
Grattachecca – flavoured ice dessert
Wine – Italy is a wine country, and local wines are served everywhere.
Cappuccino, caffè latte (or caffelatte), macchiato and espresso – the Italians love drinking coffee, in different forms depending on the time of day. For example, they normally only drink cappuccinos and lattes in the morning.
The best way to see everything in Rome is by walking.
Taxi – the traffic in Rome can be chaotic, so travelling by taxi is the most comfortable way to get around
Public transportation – buses and the metro are inexpensive options, but be ready for a crowded ride!
Currency – euro (€)
Electricity – 220 volts – bring an adapter as the sockets may be different than at home
Payment – most places accept payment by card
Tips – no need to tip, but service staff in hotels and restaurants will see it as a nice gesture
Time zone – Rome (Italy) UTC/GMT +1 hour
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
The airport is located 35km southwest of Rome.
- Finnair flights: Terminal 1
- Check-in opens 2 hours before departure
- Check-in closes 1 hour before departure
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